News: January 2011

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On the 31st January 2011, Tanya Batt will set off from Waiheke Island,to cycle to the glorious capital of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Wellington, on behalf of the Once Upon An Island Trust. www.OnceUponAnIsland.infoShe will be collecting and telling stories in schools, libraries & festivals along the way for inclusion in a book all about cycling for primary aged children.She will also be raising funds for the various Once Upon An Island Trust projects. If you'd like to support her you can at http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/onceuponanisland/If you'd like to join her on her ride please email onceuponanisland@gmail.comGet some fun between your legs - get a bike!Spoke'N Word - A storytelling and cycling adventureIn case you don't know me, I'm Tanya Batt. In short I'm a story-o-phile and frock-o-holic who loves two wheeled adventures. You can check out my work on www.imagined...

January 27, 2011
Patrick
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Jan

February is BikeWise monthBike Wise is New Zealand's national programme of activities promoting cycling as a fun, healthy and safe way to travel.Why not join us and get back in the saddle?.For events in your area, check http://www.bikewisechallenge.co.nz/

January 27, 2011
Patrick
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27/01/2011Police are investigating what they believe is the suspicious death of a cyclist in Auckland early this morning.The man was found on the cycleway near Bond Street, Kingsland, beside the Northwestern motorway at around 1am.Ambulance staff were unable to save him and he died at the scene, police said.Bond Street was closed off for several hours and a major scene investigation launched.An autopsy will be held this morning.Police were yet to determine how the man died.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4587112/Police-probe-Auckland-cycle-trac...

January 27, 2011
Patrick
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Thursday Jan 27, 2011A cyclist was fatally injured last night when he was hit by a car in Canterbury.The accident happened in High St, Leeston, 43km southwest of Christchurch, about 8.40pm.The victim, a 40-year-old local man, died at the scene.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10702278&r...

January 27, 2011
Patrick
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A full month of cycling events has been organised, something there for everyone!Brochures, post cards etc will be in the shops, cafes etc from next week.

January 26, 2011
Graeme
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See also- the map at http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=1063915750514911...- NZTA crash statistics - these exclude off-road deaths- NZTA crash analysis reports - Ministry of Transport annual figures Over the past few years there's been an average of 10 deaths per year involving a motor vehicle - down from 30 in the 1970s. The list below also includes those deaths involving a cyclist only (e.g. lost control, hit object), but do not include deaths from mountainbiking or competitive racing.201810 November, Antoni Robert Langtry, 52, from Feilding, at Rameka Valley, Golden Bay news report 3 August, unnamed man, 49, State Highway 2 in Maramarua, news report  not clear if killed while riding or walking 27 May, unnamed person, Washdyke Flat Rd, near Timaru, news report 18 May, Nathan Kraatskow, 15, Oteha Valley Rd offramp on Auckland's North...

January 25, 2011
Patrick
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23/01/2011A cyclist is dead after a head-on collision with a car in Karori last night.Police and the serious crash team are investigating the fatal crash that occurred about 11pm.Police said the man was travelling down Makara Road and collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction.The cyclist died at the scene from injuries received.His details will be released once police have notified the next of kin.

January 23, 2011
Patrick
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I am pleased to report that CAN has received a donation from Renaissance College, Hong Kong - but unfortunately in response to a cycling death.As below:"We are a school in HK, interested in donating to your organisation, and I want to request some extra information.Our Primary School Principal Max Muller, just this week, suffered the loss of his brother Wilhelm Muller in a cycling accident. I am sure you are aware of this, as it has been reported in the NZ Herald. We would like to make a contribution in memorium of Wilhelm, so that his death works to make a difference to others - preferably cyclists - as his actions in life so often did.Could you share with me how donations are used and what sort of advocacy works your organization does? I would like to be able to report this back to my staff here in HK, so that they know that their contributions really will contribute, in...

January 21, 2011
Patrick
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TEAR Fund is a NZ based Relief and Development registered Charity that has worked in partnership with the NZ Government for many years through the NZAid programme. Planning is underway for the Poverty Cycle (a sponsored cycle event) on March 5th 2011 to raise money for at risk children both in NZ and overseas.Nationwide sponsored Iconic rides will take place in Auckland, New Plymouth, Nelson and Christchurch. These events will be supported by promotional tours covering the length of the North and South Islands with riders converging on Wellington on March the 4th.For more information go to http://www.povertycycle.org.nz If you want more information, email info@tearfund.org.nzWarmlyRichard Barter

January 21, 2011
Patrick
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January 20, 2011
Patrick
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Join us for a ride along the Bridle Track to celebrate and remember Patricia and her love of cycling.Date: Sunday January 30 2011Meet at the Esplanade next to the Railway Station in the car park.Ride will start at 2pm.Ride is appox 4km long. Bring a picnic along to enjoy after the ride.Poster (high quality pdf) attached for distribution.FIND OUT MORE AT:CHAT: Sports House, 50 Queen St PHONE: 06 357 5349MAIL: PO Box 797, Palmerston North 4440 EMAIL: info@sportmanawatu.org.nzSport ManawatuBike ManawatuManawatu Mountain Bike Club

January 18, 2011
julied
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Jan

"They don't pay road tax, they block the road, they are inconsiderate, they overtake, they are bloody slow . . . I pay road tax, so I should have priority."That statement may sound like it was made by road.cc's new friend Councillor Lawrence Abraham, but in fact it came from an unnamed motorist interviewed as part of a just-released Department for Transport-commissioned report into cycling safety and the attitudes of other road users towards cyclists.The report, snappily titled, Safety, cycling and sharing the road: qualitative research with cyclists and other road users does not make for uplifting reading and will confirm what many cyclists already know to be the case, i.e. that some drivers view cyclists as inconveniences at best and a road-using underclass who shouldn't be there at all, at worst (maybe "Oi Cyclist! Get off the road" might have been a more apt title - ed)Tellingly,...

January 18, 2011
Patrick
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Q. What were the most useful aspects of the training for you?A. This cycle skills course literally saved Scott's life 48 hours later (or at least avoided serious injury and time off work which would have cost taxpayers much more than this course cost ratepayers). On Monday Scott was biking to work along Adelaide Road as usual when a truck pulled out of VTNZ and would have hit Scott if he hadn't stopped suddenly. The truck-driver was in the wrong and was told so by several on-lookers. We're all really grateful for the very tangible and immediate difference this course has made.

January 18, 2011
Patrick
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The 2011 Cyclist Skills Training Courses in Palmerston North kick off at Central Normal School this month. The line up of dedicated trainers pictured from Cycle Aware Manawatu, all of whom completed an "Instructor Training Workshop" held in Palmerston North in January 2010 run by the Cycling Advocates' Network (UK accredited teaching instructors), will now be teaching the course. It will be repeated three times (Thursday January 27 at 6pm, Saturday February 12 at 9am, and Tuesday March 1 at 6pm). Registrations are essential, ring Sport Manawatu, or visit their website to book your place online. The course on offer this year is a short two hour excerpt of the full day-long "Bikeability" workshop offered last year. This is in response to public feedback that this would better suit busy lifestyles. The course is run in collaboration with Sport Manawatu, and Horizons. The course is...

January 16, 2011
julied
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A man who allegedly hit and killed a cyclist near Palmerston North has been charged with careless driving causing death.Longburn resident Patricia Anne Veronica Fraser, 34, was out cycling in November when she was hit.Ms Fraser was training with her best friend to take part in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.Police have charged a 45 year-old Marton man who will appear at the Fielding District Court on January 26.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4542350/Charge-over-cycle-death

January 14, 2011
Patrick
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Jan

A leading transport economist has suggested that slower-than-expected growth of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme is due to riders' fear of sharing London's streets with motor traffic rather than flaws in the project's infrastructure."There's never been a shortage of bikes in London," Professor Stephen Glaister of Imperial College, London told The Economist. "It's just that people are afraid to use them."The city's bike hire scheme was launched in July, with the goal of 50,000 journeys per day. Surveys carried out during the first six months of the scheme have indicated peak usage climbing to around 26,000 trips.The significant level of surplus capacity available within the system appears to back up Professor Glaister's suggestion, with The Economist proposing that bike paths like those found in countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands, which separate cyclists from other traffic, may...

January 14, 2011
Anne F
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Cycling in Hawke's Bay is set to get a multi-million-dollar boost over the coming year - but will it be enough to get us out of cars and on to bikes? Paul McArdle is among those leading the push to get people pedalling. Hawkes Bay Today senior writer Heather McCracken joined him for a ride.http://www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz/local/news/get-on-your-bike-thats-the-me...

January 11, 2011
Patrick
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Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) and BikeNZ are saddened to hear of the latest cyclist deaths, but are pleased they are to be referred to the coroner.Spokesperson, Anne FitzSimon said this inquest will examine whether there were any patterns and possible law changes needed."CAN and BikeNZ are keen to help the coroner in any way with our expertise.""CAN and BikeNZ are concerned with the loss of basic cycle skills which are often lacking in young New Zealanders."Cycling Skills Training and ‘Share the Road' are both CAN and BikeNZ's top priority for 2011.She said CAN and BikeNZ are committed to raising the standard of cycling.."That's why we have developed cycle skills training programmes for children through to adults, based on world-best practice.""We're committed to our programmes and encourage the government to fully support sufficient investment to continue these programmes to every...

January 10, 2011
Anne F
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An elderly cyclist has died after he was hit by a vehicle north of Palmerston North this morning, Friday 7th January 2011.The crash happened on Railway Rd near Bunnythorpe about 10am, said Constable Darrell Cowan of Ashhurst police.The 75-year-old man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries but died shortly after, he said.His name has not yet been released.Alcohol was not thought to be a factor in the crash, Mr Cowan said.Further report Manawatu Standard 8/1/11Cyclists are calling for a safer 2011 after a 75-year-old man became the first person to die on Manawatu roads this year when he was knocked off his bike by a car.The Manawatu man was cycling from Palmerston North to Bunnythorpe when he was hit by the car on Railway Rd about 10am yesterday.He was taken to Palmerston North Hospital but died shortly afterwards from serious head injuries.The...

January 7, 2011
Anne F
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A 10-year-old Hamilton girl has died after cycling down a flight of stairs in Papakowhai, near Porirua, Thursday afternoon 6th January 2011.The girl was cycling to the dairy about 1pm with her aunty and cousin, whom she was visiting.Police said it appears the girl was unfamiliar with the terrain and cycled ahead of her aunty down a smooth pathway leading further onto a set of stairs. She then cycled over the stairs and fell, landing some 12 to 15 steps down the stairs.Ambulance staff were unable to resuscitate her. Police have confirmed the girl was wearing a helmet.Police have not yet released her name as next of kin and other relatives overseas have yet to be informed.Kapiti Mana acting area commander Inspector Soni Malaulau said police are liaising with the family and ensuring they are kept informed."This appears to be a very tragic accident and as a community we share in the family'...

January 7, 2011
Anne F